By Aimee Lusty
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival in New York City. The festival will run May 25 - 30, 2017 at five venues across the city. The festival showcases short films, full length feature films, animations, and documentaries from international artists, scholars, and filmmakers. The films explore technological, philosophical, sociological, political, and metaphysical themes in contemporary science fiction, in honor and continuation of the work of author Philip K. Dick.
On Monday, the festival moves uptown to the Courthouse Theater at The Producers Club, with another full day of programming featuring contemporary science fiction from the United States, Austria, France, United Kingdom, Australia, Hungary, China, Taiwan, Mexico, and Belgium. The evening commences with a series of eerie and supernatural shorts succeeded by “Vilsen,” a supernatural thriller by Swedish filmmaker Rasmus Tirzitis.
The festival concludes Tuesday evening at the Cervantes Institute with over two hours of Spanish and South American science fiction shorts, incorporating themes of time travel, inter-dimensional consciousness, human dependencies on synthetic pleasure and supercomputers.
For information and tickets visit the festival website http://www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com/